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AOL Releases Transparency Report for the Second Half of 2016

Jan 26, 2017

As has been our practice, AOL is continuing to publish the number of demands for data we have received from government authorities. The first table below includes information on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders that AOL has received for non-content and content information. The second table provides information on the National Security Letters ("NSLs") that AOL has received. The third table provides information on the legal demands that AOL has received from federal, state, and local authorities in criminal investigations (outside of the national security context). It is important to note that AOL vigorously contests on behalf of our users any demands that we believe are ambiguous or legally defective.

As with our previous transparency reports, the tables below indicate that demands for user data impact less than one hundredth of one percent of AOL accounts. 

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[1] Note that this report relates to AOL only. Verizon, which acquired AOL in 2015, has issued a separate transparency report.

[2] The U.S. government imposes a six-month delay for reporting Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act ("FISA") orders. Accordingly, this report reflects FISA orders only through June 2016.

[3] AOL has not received any demands from foreign authorities.